SA Water chief executive moving to Sydney Water

After three years as Chief Executive at SA Water, Roch Cheroux has accepted a new role as Chief Executive of Sydney Water – the largest water utility in Australia.

Mr Cheroux will continue in his role as Chief Executive of SA Water until 16 August 2019, while the corporation’s Board commence recruiting a replacement.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs thanked Mr Cheroux for his contributions to SA Water and acknowledged the significant programs initiated under his leadership.

“I want to thank Roch for his services over the past three years during which his team has commenced important projects such as the rollout of the network of smart water sensors and the pursuit of a zero-cost energy future,” said Minister Speirs.

“Roch was also literally at the front of the SA Water ‘Ressie Runners’ team leading the crowd along the new tracks within Myponga Reservoir Reserve, supporting the sustainable activation of new community recreation spaces.

“His business and technical knowledge are not lost to the broader Australian water industry, and I wish Roch all the best in his new role.”

SA Water Chair Andrew Fletcher AO wished Roch the very best for the next part of his career.

“Roch is a significant leader who has guided SA Water in achieving a great number of things, in particular the shift in culture to a positive, constructive place to work, and a focus on innovative solutions which have practical application and great outcomes for our customers,” said Mr Fletcher.

“The senior leadership team work very closely, and I have complete faith in their capability, vision and drive to continue this work for our customers, our people, and our shareholder.

“While we will miss Roch, the huge daily task of providing reliable water and wastewater services to 1.7 million South Australians is a team effort carried out by more than 1500 highly skilled and committed fellow South Australians, and I know they will each continue their work with immense pride.”

Prior to joining SA Water in July 2016, Roch was Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ for the South East Asia region and SUEZ-Degrémont Australia and New Zealand, Managing Director of United Utilities Asia and Pacific (TRILITY), and Chief Executive and Chairman of Tallinn Water in Estonia.

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